Dog Bite Lawyer

Injuries Caused by Dogs

Dog Injury Lawyer

Dog Bites

Dogs are often called “man’s best friend.” We treat these pets with love and care – almost like they’re a member of the family – and they reward us with companionship and loyalty.

However, it is important to remember that they are animals, and they are capable of inflicting serious injuries if they attack. In Massachusetts, dog owners are generally held strictly liable for dog bites unless the attack resulted from tormenting the dog. Children under the age of seven are presumed incapable of causing a dog to attack.

At the Snow Law Firm, we represent adults and children who have sustained injuries from a dog bite, including:

  • Physical Disfigurement;
  • Facial Injuries & Nerve Damage;
  • Psychological & Emotional Trauma and;
  • Loss of Vision

Attorney Snow focuses on proving that you are entitled to receive compensation for injuries sustained as a result of a dog attacking you. Dog bite victims may receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, physical disfigurement, pain and suffering, and in some cases, the costs of counseling or therapy. Attorney Steven Snow has 30+ years of experience representing clients in dog bite cases, and he has the skill to get you the best possible results in your case.

What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Cases

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, seek medical care immediately even if the wound does not look serious. Because of the bacteria in dogs’ mouths, dog bites can lead to serious infections which can spread throughout your body. It is also important to take pictures of the wound immediately after the attack and during the healing process. These pictures will serve as evidence of your injuries during settlement proceedings or at trial. If you do not know the dog’s owner, call your town’s animal control department to get more information about the dog, including prior attacks, shot history, and previous owners.

Many attacks are caused by dogs that are owned by family and friends. As a result, victims may be hesitant to seek compensation for their injuries. It is important to realize that compensation in these cases is covered by your relative or friends’ homeowners’ insurance policy.  Any compensation you receive may not come directly from the dog owner. Attorney Steven Snow has considerable experience dealing with insurance companies and will make certain that your case is handled in a courteous and professional manner.

Attorney Snow handles all dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay a fee unless he secures a settlement, award or jury verdict on your behalf.

Massachusetts Dog Bite Statue:

M.G.L. c. 140, § 155 Liability for damage caused by dog; minors; presumption and burden of proof

Section 155. If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, unless such damage shall have been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, is under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action.

Call for a Free Consultation

Call the Snow Law Firm today at (508) 477-7100 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation. From his office in Mashpee, Attorney Steven Snow represents dog-bite victims throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts, including clients residing in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties.

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